Wit vs. Wisdom

Wit vs. Wisdom — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Wit and Wisdom

Witnoun

The natural ability to perceive and understand; intelligence.

Wisdomnoun

The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.

Witnoun

often wits Practical intelligence; shrewdness or resourcefulness

living by one's wits.

Wisdomnoun

Common sense; good judgment

"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things" (Henry David Thoreau).

Witnoun

wits Sound mental faculties; sanity

scared out of my wits.

Wisdomnoun

The sum of learning through the ages; knowledge

"In those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations" (Maya Angelou).
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Witnoun

(Archaic) A person of exceptional intelligence.

Wisdomnoun

Wise teachings of the ancient sages.

Witnoun

The ability to express oneself intelligently in a playful or humorous manner, often in overturning audience expectations

a writer with a scintillating wit.

Wisdomnoun

A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.

Witnoun

A person noted for this ability, especially in conversation

“My mother, the family wit and teaser, knew better than to joke about the disaster” (Donald Hall).

Wisdomnoun

Wisdom(Bible) Wisdom of Solomon.

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Witnoun

Intelligent playfulness or humor in expression, as in speech, writing, or art

novels known for their wit and inventiveness.

Wisdomnoun

(uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.

Witverb

To be or become aware of; learn.

Wisdomnoun

(countable) A piece of wise advice.

Witverb

To know.

Wisdomnoun

The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.

Witnoun

Sanity.

He's gone completely out of his wits.

Wisdomnoun

The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.

Witnoun

The senses.

Wisdomnoun

The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.

Witnoun

Intellectual ability; faculty of thinking, reasoning.

Where she has gone to is beyond the wit of man to say.

Wisdomnoun

(theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.

Witnoun

The ability to think quickly; mental cleverness, especially under short time constraints.

My father had a quick wit and a steady hand.

Wisdomnoun

accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

Witnoun

Intelligence; common sense.

The opportunity was right in front of you, and you didn't even have the wit to take it!

Wisdomnoun

the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

Witnoun

Humour, especially when clever or quick.

The best man's speech was hilarious, full of wit and charm.

Wisdomnoun

ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

Witnoun

A person who tells funny anecdotes or jokes; someone witty.

Your friend is quite a wit, isn't he?

Wisdomnoun

the quality of being prudent and sensible

Witverb

Know, be aware of constructed with of when used intransitively.

You committed terrible actions — to wit, murder and theft — and should be punished accordingly.They are meddling in matters that men should not wit of.

Wisdomnoun

an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC

Witpreposition

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Witnoun

a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Witnoun

mental ability;

he's got plenty of brains but no common sense

Witnoun

a witty amusing person who makes jokes